However, it turned out reading and research could not prepare me for the unforgiving reality of the food web.
|Three quails taking a sand bath together|
With all these events, I'm amazed I've kept my two kids unharmed and healthy for so many years!
I found a woman on craigslist, Cindy, who raises all kinds of avian, rabbits and farm animals. She offered to take my last two surviving quails. The two survivors were both cocks. Without a hen in the roost they seemed awfully lonely. The largest Brown Cortonix cock would crow all day long. Hearing his cries pulled at my heart and transmitted immutable reminder of my failure as a quail mama.
|Cindy's Quail Coop, also houses Pigeons and Doves|
Visiting her farm turned out to be better than a trip to the Reston Petting Zoo. Cindy's not a full time farmer; she's got an office day job. But she's devoted and hooked on caring for animals and producing her own food. She sells rabbits and quail eggs, enough to cover the feed costs for the rest of the animals.
|A Rex rabbit - softest fur that feels like velvet. This boy is a show rabbit|
|Various Chicken Breeds and some Guinea Birds|
|you know you needed to see that|
|eggs all over|
|Emu. (they scare me)|
Now we're on our second batch of baby quails. Mari made a trip to Lowe's and came back with supplies to reinforce the quail coop. He's not done building it yet, but hopefully next week.
|Various breeds hatched: Texas White, Brown, Golden, Tuxedo, Tibetan|
|Hanging out at the water cooler|
|Playing on their "Playground" tunnel|
"We are their mommy." I say. But that does not appease her.
|Water bowl with some rocks so they do not slip and fall|
|These meal worms were raised on organic wheat germ|
|They like carrots|
If you're interested in Cindy's Rabbits or Quail eggs email me and I'll pass you on her contact info.